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Sunday, February 7th, 2016 – A Message from Fr. Ken

Dear Friends in Christ,

This weekend, we hear the conversion stories of Isaiah, St. Paul and St. Peter. As Lent begins next week on Ash Wednesday, each of us is called to our own continuing conversion and “metanoia” or change of heart!  Lent serves as a doorway to a  time of intense spiritual preparation leading to Easter and continuing until Pentecost. Please plan to enter the doorway to Lent by arranging your calendar to celebrate the Eucharist on Ash Wednesday and receive “ashes” the sign of repentance and an intention of conversion and renewal. Plan to attend Stations of the Cross on Fridays of Lent and incorporate the spiritual practices of Lent; prayer, fasting , penance and almsgiving and stewardship of time, talent and treasure – acts of charity and the corporal and spiritual works of mercy!

Hear Jesus call to each of us as He called Isaiah, Paul and Peter to the vocation of discipleship! Hear Jesus say, “Do not be afraid”! Know that the grace of God is with us so that we might have the courage and trust to respond, “Here I am, send me!” May we bring others to the Lord by the witness of our lives!

Lent is a wonderful opportunity of grace and blessing, for renewal and conversion. May this “Year of Mercy” lead us closer to God in holiness of life and closer to our brothers and sisters in compassion, charity and mercy!

In addition to weekday Mass, Stations of the Cross, please make time for personal prayer, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Scripture reading (Lectio Divina), spiritual reading, Rosary, and acts of penance and self-denial and stewardship of time, talent and treasure.

Have a blessed and grace-filled Lenten Season!

“The gift you have received, give as a gift”  Matthew 10:8

In His Love and mine,

Fr. Ken

 

In the Spring of 1988, Bishop William D. Keeler formed a new parish to accommodate the rapid growth in Silver Spring Township and named Reverend James R. O’Brien as the founding pastor. That same year, Mother Katharine Drexel was beatified by Pope John Paul, II. Saint Katharine DrexelAt Bishop Keeler’s request, the Holy Father gave his permission to name the Parish in Silver Spring Township as the first parish in the world to be named in her honor. Eighteen years later, on October 1, 2000, Blessed Katharine Drexel was canonized and the church’s name changed to Saint Katharine Drexel.

The Saint Katharine Drexel Parish Family, guided by the Holy Spirit, commits itself to reaching out and sharing with all people the love and service modeled by our patroness, with the Eucharist as our source of strength. Through prayer and action, we will serve God, our Lord and Savior, and our community, exhibiting a special concern for the poor, oppressed and marginalized of our society, especially those among the African-American & Native-American peoples.

 

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